DICK WILLIAMS(U. S. A.)
Born: 29/1/1891 Died: 2/6/1968
US Open 1914,1916
Richard Norris Williams 2nd grew up in Switzerland, of American parents. He learnt to play tennis in Switzerland and was a promising junior. Then he emigrated to the US with his parents aboard the SS Titanic. When the ship sunk Williams' father perished but he survived. Then Williams developed his game at Harvard University and made his debut in the US Championships in 1912, when he lost in the quarters to Maurice McLoughlin. At Wimbledon in 1913, Williams lost in the fourth round to McLoughlin. At the US Championships Williams beat Bill Johnston in the third round and Nat Niles in the semis before losing to McLoughlin in the final in four sets. In 1914 Williams took the title beating Johnston in the second round, Karl Behr in the quarters and McLoughlin in the final in straight sets. The following year he lost in the semis to Johnston in five sets. In 1916 Williams was involved in a classic final against Johnston. With typical daring, Williams hit many blistering winners and targeted much of his play to Johnston's stronger wing, the forehand. This risky tactic paid off as Williams held his nerve to win in five sets to take his second US title. In 1917 he lost in the semis to Niles in four sets. In 1919 Williams beat Vinnie Richards in the second round and an out of form McLoughlin in the quarters before losing in straight sets to Tilden in the semis. At Wimbledon in 1920 he made the quarters before losing to Theo Mavrogordato in four sets. He made the quarters of the US Championships in 1922 (losing to Patterson) and 1923 (losing to Brian Norton in five sets). At Wimbledon in 1924, Williams beat Algy Kingscote in the quarters before losing to Rene Lacoste in the semis. At the US Open in 1925, Williams beat Niles and Jean Borotra (both 6-2,6-2,6-2) in early rounds and beat Howard Kinsey in the quarters before losing to Johnston in the semis. The following year he lost in the quarters to Lacoste. In 1929 he lost in the quarters to Frank Hunter. Williams made his final Grand Slam appearance at the US in 1935, where he lost in the second round to Roderich Menzel at the age of 44. He died in 1968 at the age of 77.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: J.Anderson 0-1, J.Borotra 1-0, B.Clothier 1-0, B.Johnston 3-3, A.Kingscote 1-0, R.Lacoste 0-2, M.McLoughlin 2-3, G.Patterson 0-1, F.Perry 0-2, B.Tilden 0-1
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